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  • CalHHS Secretary Extends Mask Mandate to Mid-February

    Mark Ghaly, M.D., MPH, California Health & Human Services Agency (CalHHS) secretary, has extended California’s indoor mask mandate by another full month. The masking requirement intended to combat the coronavirus pandemic now runs through February 15. While citing a recent surge in the state’s positivity rate to over 21 percent, Ghaly also noted data on […]

  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

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    Cargo workers file suit over safety

    More than 100 complaints filed with union

    • Swissport cargo workers have filed nearly 100 formal complaints with OSHA.
    • Those complaints include, “faulty vehicles, extreme heat issues, and run-down equipment” that put workers at risk.
    • The city of Chicago has charged Swissport over 70 times this year for breaking rules and regulations, according to the employee union,
    • The union also states that since 2015, Swissport has been investigated by OSHA 34 times.

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    OSHA hazards higher among minorities

    • New data by the National Safety Council shows that White workers are killed the most (61%), followed by Hispanic or Latino workers (23%),
    • Black or African-American workers (11%), and Asian workers (3%), the death rates of each group provide a stronger indication of those at risk.
    • The absolute figures are misleading, as Black and Hispanic/Latino employees are killed at higher rates than whites working in similar industries.
    • White workers experienced a death rate of 3.3 per 100,000 workers, compared to Black workers’ rate of 3.5, and to Hispanic or Latino workers’ even higher death rate of 4.5.

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    Contractor cited again

    • Federal safety investigators found a Schaumburg, Ill., excavating contractor has again failed to follow federally mandated safety measures to protect workers from potentially deadly trenches cave-ins.
    • An OSHA inspector observed two employees of A. Lamp Concrete Contractors Inc. in a 7-foot-deep trench in Broadview working on municipal sewer and water lines without adequate cave-in protection or safe ways to get in and out of the trench.
    • Following its investigation, OSHA cited the company for three repeat, one serious and one other-than-serious violation of federal trenching and excavation standards, and proposed penalties of $118,962.
    • The agency cited A. Lamp Concrete in 2018 and 2021 for exposing workers to cave-in hazards.

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    Updated rules for falls

    • Washington state revised fall protection rules to align with federal OSHA
    • During construction projects involving roofing work on a low-pitched or roof and constructing a leading edge, the threshold height for required fall protection was lowered to 6 feet from 10 feet.
    • The updated rule states that using a safety watch system must involve one employee conducting work – other than construction – on a low-pitched roof not within 6 feet of the roof edge.
    • A second employee would act solely as a safety watch, with no other duties.

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